Monday, February 18, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 2/18/2019 - Dodgers Links and news - Some Odds and Ends


There's no better place than Camelback Ranch to get autographs from your favorite Dodgers'.

Photo above via @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:

Friday, February 15, 2019

2018 Leaf Flash Baseball - The Two Dodger Prospects

Someone has failed to tell Leaf that the year is now 2019.

Featured here are the two Dodger prospects found in Leaf's newest prospect-heavy card brand named 2018 Leaf Flash Baseball. Having debuted this season as a football set, it is now also a baseball prospect brand and this inaugural set includes some of the top farmhands and young studs in the game (Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Ron Acuna, Shohei Ohtani and Juan Soto). The two Dodgers' available are outfielder DJ Peters and pitcher Michael Grove. Go here to check out a complete checklist.

Base Flash Autographs

#BA-DJP D.J. Peters         #BA-MG1 Michael Grove

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Blog Kiosk: 2/15/2019 - Dodger Links and News - Some Odds and Ends


"Will you be mine?"

Some of the cutest photos ever popped up on twitter yesterday, in celebration of Valentine's Day. It featured a bunch of youngsters and their favorite Dodgers'. Above, via Camelback Ranch on twitter, is Cody Bellinger and on the right is Justin Turner getting his valentine.

BTW, you can check out a bunch of pics from Day 2 of Dodgers Spring Training, via Jon SooHoo and Sue Jo, here. Below are more links to check out:

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 2/14/2019 - Dodgers Links and News - Happy Valentine's Day!


This is a good sight.

On Tuesday, former batterymates Clayton Kershaw and Russell Martin were reunited after an eight year separation. It's like they got part of the band back together. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
"We both have a certain amount of miles on our body from the last time we worked together, but what a career he's had," said Martin. "I remember the last time I caught him he was just fastball, curveball. Now, one of the best pitches he has is the slider. That's the cool thing about baseball, the best players stay the best because they're willing to make adjustments, and Kershaw is one of those guys who's going to do what it takes to stay at the top. It's nice to get back there and reminisce a little bit."
Photo above via @Dodgers on twitter. BTW, Jon SooHoo has shared a whole bunch of pics from yesterdays going-on's at Camelback Ranch, here. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Baseball History: In 1957 the Georgia State Senate approved a bill, introduced by state senator Leon Butts, that prohibits blacks from playing baseball with whites except at religious gatherings -- ten years after MLB had integrated. 
    "Anything that tends to break down the bulwarks of segregation must be forcibly met by this general assembly. We have a situation in Georgia which has come about because of a national situation. I am referring to the Negroes in organized baseball in this state. It is unfortunate that some few people would participate in the destruction of our institutions for a few dollars."

    Wednesday, February 13, 2019

    Dodger Correspondence: Jackie's Thoughtful Letter to a Fan


    The sincerity and grace displayed in this letter is something I've come to expect from Jackie Robinson. He was not only a trailblazer in the field of civil rights and in the game we love, but he was also a man who had the humility to understand his role in the world and how he can help shape it. As you can see in the letter above, current available at auction thought RR Auctions (link here), he thoughtfully let a fan know how important his letter was and how it affected him.

    Below is what he wrote:
    Dear Mr. Shaw, 
    I may have written you before about the letter you wrote Miss Day. I can say it was so well done and I only wish I had fans such as you that when you felt they were wrong would write letters just as the one you wrote. We in public life need reminders such as yours and I assure you that type of letter is more effective. 
    Incidentally I was very much impressed with your ideas on the injuries. I would appreciate it if you felt I need some advice to write because I believe we owe all our success to the public and have a responsibility to you. 
    Sincerely, Jackie Robinson
    Unfortunately, we don't have Mr. Shaw's original letter to Ms. Day, so we aren't exactly familiar with its context. Nevertheless, I think it's fair to surmise that Mr. Shaw had shown the same kind of sincerity that prompted Jackie to reach out and say not only 'thank you' but also express how important his message was to him.

    I wish we had more Mr. Shaw's and Jackie's in the world today. It sometimes seems like our ability to address and admit our faults in todays world gets lost through our prism of social media and outrage news.

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    Tuesday, February 12, 2019

    2019 Dodger Spring Training Info - Facility, Schedule and Roster


    The Dodgers just released their 2019 Spring Training broadcast schedule, so I thought I would pass that along (see at very bottom). Over 70% of the games the Dodgers play this spring will be televised on either SportsNet LA or online at Dodgers.com. Additionally, once the club releases their 2019 Spring Training player roster (I've been piecing this together and you can see it below) I will update this post with that information (I do currently have the list of non-roster invitees - at the very bottom). To the right is a look at this season's Spring Training Dodger cap. Below are some pertinent dates to keep in mind:
    • Tuesday, February 12 - Pitchers and Catchers Report 
    • Wednesday, February 13 - Pitchers and Catchers 1st Workout
    • Sunday, February 18 - Position Players Report 
    • Monday, February 19 - First Full-Squad Workout 
    • Thursday, February 20 - Dodgers Photo Day (media related event only) 
    • Wednesday, March 6 - All Minor League Players 1st Workout
    Here are the typical batting and field practice schedules for home games.